Former Congress heavyweight Madhavsinh Solanki passes away at 93

Our Bureau Ahmedabad | Updated on January 09, 2021

Four-time Gujarat CM breathed his last at his residence

Former Gujarat Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Madhavsinh Solanki passes away on Saturday morning at his residence in Gandhinagar. He was 93.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences in a message posted on Twitter.

“Shri Madhavsinh Solanki Ji was a formidable leader, playing a key role in Gujarat politics for decades. He will be remembered for his rich service to society. Saddened by his demise. Spoke to his son, Bharat Solanki Ji and expressed condolences. Om Shanti,” Modi wrote.

Solanki, who also served as External Affairs Minister in the PV Narasimha Rao Cabinet, engineered a socio-political shift in Gujarat politics during 1980s. His KHAM (Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi, Muslim) theory of mobilising non-brahmin, non-Patel and non-Baniya communities vote for Congress.

A Kshatriya himself, Solanki ensured a thumping majority for Congress in the State Assembly with 141 of the 182 seats in 1980 polls - a record in Gujarat's political history.

Success of KHAM eventually led to empowerment of unprivileged and backward classes, while it also caused alienation of upper castes from the political scene and triggered the caste-based alliances in the State.

In his condolence message, PM also wrote, “Beyond politics, Shri Madhavsinh Solanki Ji enjoyed reading and was passionate about culture. Whenever I would meet him or speak to him, we would discuss books and he would tell me about a new book he recently read. I will always cherish the interactions we had.”

The Congress Party posted a condolence message on social media which read, “A leader known for inclusive development, four-time CM of Gujarat & former Cabinet Minister, Shri Madhavsinh Solanki’s compassion towards citizens & passion for their prosperity will inspire generations to come. We pay heartfelt condolences to his family at this time of grief.”

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani expressed his condolence to the family and Solanki’s supporters in the State.

Published on January 09, 2021

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